Live plants are an interior design element that can brighten a room and add character. However, for a plant to be successful and attractive, it is important to consider a room's lighting, temperature, and humidity. The Southern climate supports houseplants that flourish in warm, humid climates. Tropical houseplants are popular and well-suited for climates in the Southern region of the United States.
The Snake Plant, also called the Mother-In-Laws-Tongue, is identified by its tall, hardy leaves. This plant grows vertically and is known for its low maintenance. The Snake Plant tolerates a variety of conditions, but most importantly does not require much water, making it well-suited for the dry Southern climates. Southern Living recommends planting them in a row for a sculptural look.
This tall tropical plant has beautiful yellow and white flowers centered by lush green leaves. This plant thrives in artificial light and will begin to droop when it requires water. According to Southern Living, this houseplant is popular due to its easy-going nature and endless supply of blooms.
The Flamingo Flower is known for its bright-colored flowers in reds, pinks, and purples, and heart-shaped, glossy leaves. This humidity-loving plant is well-suited to the warm, humid climate of the South. Place it in a bathroom, where it can soak up the steam from a hot shower.
Azaleas are one of the most popular Southern plants for both outdoor and indoor ornamentation, as stated in the Southern Living website. They come in a wide variety of colors ranging from whites to dark pinks. Indoors, an azalea will do best by a window, with direct sunlight. Their soil should be kept moist, and nightly temperatures around 60 degree Fahrenheit will keep them in beautiful bloom.
Southerners love gardenias for their beautiful flowers and sweet fragrance. Gardenias require an acidic soil and a nightly temperature of less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit. They do exceptionally well in areas of high humidity.
Amaryllis, also known as naked ladies, are popular for their blooms during bleak winter months. Amaryllis are grown from bulbs and require full sun, so they do best in a warm, well-lit room. They require a nightly temperature of at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit and require a moderate amount of water.
According to Texas Cooperative Extension, orchids are especially suited to a southern indoor enviornment. They provide beautiful blooms and require very little care. They recommend putting them outside during cooler temperatures (50-60 degrees) to allow the blooms to spike.
Nerve plants are another humidity-loving plant that will do well in a Southern interior. According to the Southern Living website, you should keep them in a bathroom or in a kitchen near the sink. The plant has beautiful veined leaves and is available in green and white and green and pink varieties. They require moderate light and are also moderate water users.